Ventura County Officials Ask for Help Finding Missing Woman, 68, Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

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After spending more than 1,000 hours searching for a 68-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, officials have asked for the public’s help in locating the missing Santa Rosa Valley resident.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office shared this photo of Dona Perry after she was reported missing on Jan. 5, 2016.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office shared this photo of Dona Perry after she was reported missing on Jan. 5, 2016.

Dona Perry was last seen Tuesday, Jan. 5, around 9 a.m. when she left her home for scheduled appointments in Thousand Oaks, a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office news release stated Sunday.

Perry, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, subsequently canceled the appointments, and family members reported her missing that day.

Two days later, a family vehicle the 68-year-old woman was believed to have been traveling in was located near the Gridley Trail in the Ojai area.

The trail is in the opposite direction of Thousand Oaks from where Perry was traveling, and about 21 miles northwest of Santa Rosa Valley, Google Maps shows.

Search-and-rescue units from Ojai, Fillmore and Thousand Oaks, along with a K-9 team of five dogs, a volunteer group and helicopter units had spent more than 1,070 hours searching for Perry as of Sunday afternoon, according to the department’s news release.

Perry was described as caucasian, standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes.

She uses prescription glasses, and it was not known what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Sgt. John Wright at 805-797-7128 or the Ventura County sheriff’s dispatch center at 805-654-9511.

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